BOONEVILLE • Northeast Mississippi’s left-handed ace, Cooper Cox of Ripley, will continue his baseball career at Ole Miss next season.
“Everybody in my family has graduated from Ole Miss, so getting to play there is really big for me,” Cox said. “I’m really excited. They have a really good pitching program.”
Cox (6-foot-2, 240 pounds) went 8-4 for Northeast’s Tigers this season in 13 appearances (12 starts), striking out 64 in 72 innings against just 12 walks.
He led the nation with eight complete games and led the state with a 2.38 ERA. In seven appearances this season, he did not walk a batter. At one point, he had a streak of 23 innings without a walk.
“His pitch ability is off the chart,” said Tigers coach Richy Harrelson. “He can throw the fastball, breaking ball and changeup for a strike at anytime. He’s very competitive and keeps his composure. His command is off the chart. He understands how to change speeds with the best of them.”
As a freshman, Cox won six games for the Tigers. In two seasons, he went 14-8 with a 3.08 ERA.
“I’m so excited for Coop,” said Harrelson. “He’s a great guy with great character. He did everything that we asked him to do. We couldn’t be any happier for him.”
Former Booneville and Northeast standout Jon Andy Scott, who served as Cox’s pitching coach over the last two seasons, was the last Tiger to play at Ole Miss (2011-13).